Apache Spot Aims to Fetch Open Network Insights
The project formerly known as Open Network Insights moves to the Apache Software Foundation and gets a new name—Apache Spot. It now includes support for DNS and Proxy in addition to NetFlow.The Open Network Insight (ONI) project, backed by Cloudera, Intel and others and focused on helping organizations use big data for security insights, became generally available earlier this year. The ONI project is now being donated to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF)—home to Hadoop and many big data efforts—and is now getting a new life as the Apache Spot project. "ONI is being donated to the Apache Software Foundation, which means it, in effect, becomes a new project," Sam Heywood, director of cyber-security strategy at Cloudera, told eWEEK. ONI is not being renamed, but rather, a new name was chosen for the Apache project, Heywood explained. He added that Apache projects are typically somewhat whimsical and that projects in the Hadoop ecosystem many times have animal names. "So keeping with that, Spot is a dog’s name, and you'll notice it's the logo, but 'spot' is also a verb: as in to spot trouble," Heywood said.
The original ONI project used multiple open-source technologies, including the Hadoop big data platform, the Wireshark packet-sniffing platform, nfdump for NetFlow packet capture and the Jupyter project for reporting. Over the last several months, the overall project has expanded with additional capabilities, which are now part of Apache Spot.